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Family of Jacob Dindinger remember their hero

Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 2:56 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 31, 2021 at 4:06 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The family of the brave 20-year-old EMT who lost his life nearly two weeks ago spoke out.

Below is a full statement by Jacob’s parents, James and Corrine Dindinger:

“We want to thank the ICU Doctors, Nurses and staff of Banner Tucson Hospital.  They are truly Angels and we never doubted Jacob had the best care.  May the love and compassion they showed our son be returned to you 100-fold.

In addition, the outpouring of love and prayers from the people of the City of Tucson, the State of Arizona and the rest of this great nation has sustained us throughout this time.  It is so very much appreciated we have learned that there are so many great people in this country from the homeless man who immediately ran to help when Jake was shot to the thousands who have offered up prayers for his recovery.  We are a nation of good, compassionate people that have more in common than we may believe.

We also thank our family, friends and Jakes friends who dropped everything to be here for us and to be by his side.  They took care of us, fed us, comforted us in the darkest time in our lives.

Finally, we thank you our huge family at AMR and all the agencies that have come together for Jacob and us.  You have been there with us every step of the way, helping us navigate the rough seas and the uncharted waters of this tragedy.  Jacob was lucky to have found you and we are blessed to be a part of your family.”

Jacob’s uncle, Andy Dindinger, describes his nephew as loving, caring, and adventurous — the kind of person who loved to live life with his family and friends.

“He had been certified as a scuba diver, he was working on a certification for skydiving,” said Dindinger.

With Jacob’s life cut short, his uncle reminisced his precious moments with him.

“We would always talk sports all the time, he was a big Vikings fan, we’re cowboys’ fans, so there was always a little clash there and he was trying to trick my son into becoming a Vikings fan,” he said.

The last time the family got together was for the fourth of July weekend, and Andy says he would have never thought that would have been the last time he saw his nephew.

“It was a fun weekend, so much fun, we set up movies on our projector, with our campfire going, I’m so glad we did it,” he added.

Jacob’s story captivated the world. The family has been receiving so much support from people across the U.S. and out of the country, like Scotland and Australia.

His uncle really wants to thank everyone who jumped into action that night, from the victims who lost their life, to all the first responders, and to the neighbors who helped some of them seek shelter during the shooting.

They are also sending all their prayers and love to Cassandra, the other EMT who was with Jacob the night of the mass shooting.

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